Little gems shine light on silver past

Two Young Silversmiths Zoe Watts & Alexander Kerrison have installed their new silver creations that they were commissioned to design and create with the Diamond Jubilee Hallmark at the Sheffield Millennium Galleries...Pictured with her work is Zoe Watts
Two Young Silversmiths Zoe Watts & Alexander Kerrison have installed their new silver creations that they were commissioned to design and create with the Diamond Jubilee Hallmark at the Sheffield Millennium Galleries...Pictured with her work is Zoe Watts
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UP-AND-COMING silversmiths have unveiled their new creations at a Sheffield gallery.

Zoë Watts and Alexander Kerrison were commissioned by the Sheffield Assay Office to make the objects, which bear the Diamond Jubilee hallmark, to add to the city’s renowned metalwork collection.

Their work is now on public display at the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield city centre until September, as part of a project called Little Gems.

The aim of the initiative is to shine a light on silversmith talent in Sheffield and to continue the city’s longs tradition of metalworking expertise and creativity.

So far, 18 pieces have been commissioned by the assay office - which requested the hallmark on each design made in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year.

Alexander combined his passion for silversmithing and glass blowing in designing a carafe.

Zoë made a candle and matchstick holder with candle snuffer using traditional hammering techniques.

Assay Master Ashley Carson said: “We believe it is important to help younger silversmiths in this city, as they start their careers.

“We are particularly proud of the fact that traditional skills are passed on by the more experienced generations who have made their home in Sheffield.”

Young silversmiths involved in the project are being supported by Yorkshire Artspace’s Starter Studio Programme.